Cannes 2017: Films to get excited about

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday, and as always I’m filled with envy that I’m not there, watching the stars hit the red carpet and seeing the premiere of all these potentially amazing films. For the next ten days, there will be plenty of screenings but there are just a handful that I’m really excited about. Here they are:

The Beguiled 

This is definitely top of the list and I will absolutely check it out whether it is critical success at Cannes or not. It has a fantastic cast filled with some of my favourites – Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Kirsten Dunst – and is directed by Sofia Coppola, whose previous work I’ve loved (except Lost in Translation, I have never got the fuss). It is about a wounded soldier who takes shelter in a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War. Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long to see it as it’s getting U.S. and U.K. releases in June and July respectively.

Okja

This sounds totally bonkers but I am here for it. It’s basically about “a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.” I’m more excited about the cast to be honest because we get to enjoy performances by the wonderful Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano.

Wonderstruck

I reckon this one will be emotional. It stars Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Oakes Fegley and is directed by Todd Haynes, who made the amazing Carol. The film features two seemingly separate plots over different timelines – one about a young boy in the Midwest and an earlier one about a girl in New York, who both seek the same mysterious connection. I’m so intrigued.

Happy End

I wasn’t THAT bothered about Michael Haneke‘s next film until I saw the film poster which made everything so much more interesting. Isabelle Huppert (love!) stars in this family drama set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as a backdrop. The poster seemed quite plain – just a path going into the sea – until you notice it’s actually of a phone screen – and something is being recorded. Juicy!

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

I was sold on this as soon as it was described as a “psychological thriller-horror”. I LOVE these kind of movies! The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos teams up with Colin Farrell once again, and the Irish actor plays a surgeon who forms a familial bond with a sinister young boy “with disastrous results”. OMG! What’s gonna happen?! I can’t wait to find out.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties 

Nicole Kidman (in her third Cannes appearance!) stars alongside Elle Fanning in this sci-fi comedy romance that I’m so intrigued by. According to IMDb, its about an alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. I was up for this as soon as I saw onset pictures of Nicole in punk gear!

Wind River 

I really liked Taylor Sheridan‘s recent writing effort Hell or High Water so I’m confident about Wind River, which he wrote and directed. Jeremy Renner plays a fish and wildlife services agent who discovers a body in the Wind River Indian Reservation and helps young FBI agent Jane (Elizabeth Olsen) with her investigation.

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